Shocking!!! Uber driver dies after his auto was torched

The violent feud between Uber and meter taxi drivers has claimed its first murder.

The man was parked on a street in the capital Pretoria at night when his vehicle was set alight and he suffered severe burns, Uber Africa said in a statement.

"We would welcome greater clarity in the law over different types of employment status", he said.

This weekend, an Uber driver died after a June 10 attack by an unidentified group of people in which his vehicle was set alight and he sustained injuries, the service said in an emailed statement on Monday.

Earlier this year, metre-taxi drivers blocked the highway to the airport to protest against Uber. This driver-partner is a part of our community.

Uber South Africa confirmed on Monday morning that one of their "driver-partners" died from injuries he sustained during an attack near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10. "There is a free flow of traffic and the local police and other police members from various units have joined forces with the JMPD, and various security companies, to ensure stability and prevent and any unlawful incidents from occurring". Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time.

News24 understands that dozens of cases of malicious damage to property have been opened by both Uber and meter taxi drivers in recent months after their vehicles have been stoned, petrol bombed or set alight.

Metered taxi operators have been attacking Uber drivers and riders at Gautrain stations across Gauteng, and the company has deployed private security to manage the situation.

She said the security response teams the company has hired would continue to provide additional security support to drivers.

"We can only ask that you contact the Department of Transport and Minister of Police to ask for their commit on how they intend to solve these issue, as they are the only ones who can move this forward".

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